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Liverpool could take Ebola patients if virus reaches UK

The Royal Liverpool hospital could take Ebola patients if the virus reaches the UK. A number of NHS trusts across the country have been put on standby, over what health officials are calling a “real risk” that the deadly virus could spread.

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Liverpool could take Ebola patients if virus reaches UK

Royal Liverpool University Hospital Credit: PA

The Royal Liverpool hospital could take Ebola patients if the virus reaches the UK. A number of NHS trusts across the country have been put on standby, over what health officials are calling a “real risk” that the deadly virus could spread.

David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee today to discuss the ongoing epidemic of Ebola in Western Africa.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "As part of the Government's ongoing efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Prime Minister will chair this week's Cobra meeting on Wednesday."

It comes after a Spanish nurse became the first person to contract the disease outside Africa.

Four major NHS hospitals in England including Liverpool Royal have now been identified as units to take patients with Ebola if it comes to the UK. There is one unit already established in the Royal Free Hospital in north London, which treated William Pooley, a British nurse who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone in August.

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